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The largest of the NexStar SE family with 78% more light gathering than a 6" model, the NexStar 8 SE will enable you to see deep into the Universe. 2 Year Warranty
The distinctive patented fork arm with ergonomically designed integrated hand control cradle gives solid support to Celestron’s classic 8" optics
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|Weight||33 lb (14.97 kg)|
|Optical Design||Schmidt Cassegrain|
|Mount Type||Single Fork Arm Altazimuth|
|Focal Length||2032 mm|
|Power Requirements||8-AA batteries (not included)|
|Optical Coatings||Starbright XLT Coating|
|Optical Tube Length||17 inch|
|What is more important to you?||Image resolution over brightness|
|Would you like a telescope to navigate for you?||Yes, I would like a scope to guide me.|
|Is this product normally on display at Grovers?||Yes - But Check First If Making A Special Journey!|
The NexStar 8 SE features Schmidt-Cassegrain 8" aperture optics with our premium StarBright XLT coatings and a powerful 2,032mm focal length and f/10 focal ratio.
The NexStar 8 SE has all the same features as Celestron’s most advanced computerized GoTo telescopes, including our revolutionary SkyAlign™ alignment technology, a sky tour feature, a database of over 40,000 celestial objects and easy to use hand control.
Plug the optional CN-16 GPS Accessory into NexStar’s auxiliary port and download data from orbiting GPS satellites for truly quick and easy alignments. The universe may be full of mysteries, but using the NexStar 8 SE isn’t one of them.
In the tradition of Celestron's famous orange optical tubes, the new NexStar SE Family combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with state-of-the-art features including a fully computerized operating system, flash upgradeable hand control, our superior StarBright XLT coatings, our revolutionary SkyAlign™ telescope alignment software and much more.
Whether you are a seasoned astronomer looking for a portable scope with advanced features, or just starting your astronomy adventure and looking for an easy way to enjoy the night sky, a NexStar SE will help you take a closer look.
Every NexStar SE includes a version of The Sky® software Level 1 Planetarium software for exploring the Universe on your PC and printing out custom star charts of the sky. In addition, you receive our NexRemote software that allows you to operate your telescope via your PC.
8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
SE combines the classic heritage of the original orange tube telescopes with the latest state-of-the-art features
StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard
Quick release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup
Celestron's unique patented single fork arm with integral hand control design provides a rigid and smooth operating structure for the optical tube
StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects
Sturdy computerized altazimuth mount
Ultra sturdy steel tripod with accessory tray
Star diagonal provides more comfortable viewing position when observing objects that are high in the sky
Proven NexStar computer control technology
40,000 object database with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
Flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the Internet
Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number; the most beautiful double, triple and quadruple stars; variable star; solar systems; objects and asterisms
DC Servo motors with encoders on both axes
Autoguider port for long exposure astrophotography
Double line, 16-character Liquid Crystal Display Hand Control with backlit LED buttons for easy operation of goto features
Optional NexRemote telescope control software and RS-232 cable available seperately for advanced control of your telescope via computer
GPS-compatible with optional SkySync GPS Accessory (93969)
DOVETAIL COMPATIBILITY: Quick Release Tube Clamp
OPTICAL TUBE: Aluminum
EYEPIECE 1: 25 mm (0.98 in)
MAGNIFICATION 1: 81.28 x
STAR DIAGONAL: 1.25"
CD ROM: NexRemote V1.6.14 & The Sky L1
TRIPOD: Steel (sku 93593)
HIGHEST USEFUL MAGNIFICATION: 480 x
LOWEST USEFUL MAGNIFICATION: 29 x
LIMITING STELLAR MAGNITUDE: 14
RESOLUTION: 0.68 arc seconds
RESOLVING POWER: 0.57 arc seconds
LIGHT GATHERING POWER: 843 x
ANGULAR FIELD OF VIEW: 0.63 °
LINEAR FIELD OF VIEW (@1000 YDS): 33 ft (10.06 m)
SECONDARY MIRROR OBSTRUCTION: 2.5 in (63.5 mm)
SECONDARY MIRROR OBSTRUCTION BY AREA: 10 %
SECONDARY MIRROR OBSTRUCTION BY DIAMETER: 31.3 %
MOTOR DRIVE: Integrated D.C. Electronics
COMPUTER HAND CONTROL: Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display w/ 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons
SLEW SPEEDS: Nine slew speeds: 5
With any Cassegrain telescope you will have to consider the affect dew fall. The cheapest solution is a lens hood but when dew is a real problem then heater straps will evaporate dew off.
PDF Specification sheet for filters and dew straps
Celestron’s telescopes reach a new level with integrated WiFi! Leave your hand control behind and slew to all the best celestial objects with a tap of your smart device. Connect your device to your WiFi telescope’s built-in wireless network and explore the universe with Celestron’s SkyPortal mobile app for iOS and Android.
|Celestron’s newest planetarium app is an astronomy suite that redefines how you experience the night sky. Explore the Solar System, 120,000 stars, over 200 star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and dozens of asteroids, comets, and satellites—including the ISS. SkyPortal includes everything you need to experience the night sky in an exciting new way.|
With Celestron’s patented StarSense Technology, telescope alignment has never been easier! Just attach the StarSense AutoAlign accessory, push the Align button on the hand control or smart device, and StarSense begins capturing and comparing images of the night sky against its internal database.
In about three minutes, it’s gathered enough information to triangulate its position and align itself. Then, press the Sky Tour button: StarSense will automatically slew to all the best stars, planets, galaxies, and more currently visible in the night sky.